Personally i think the cartoon style comes across as being a bit too forced, more so than the following scenes. Also I think it comes down to personal preference. The room is used as a 30 second setup for the character's motivation to rob the diamond (the room is to be filled with newspaper articles on famous robberies) mainly added to satisfy my dissertation (don't ask) and I decided to have it a bit more serious in tone than the remainder of the film.
Thanks for the crits though, i'm probably going to have a fiddle with it and stylise it a bit after the 'foundations' are laid.
Thanks for the kind words, and without sounding too corny, don't give up on it. There's always a way somewhere, just keep practising. What i've learnt is that animation companies don't really care that much about education, more about talent, and many studios will train people to use the software if necessary.